IGELESE ETE

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BIOGRAPHY

Qualifications, Diploma of Teaching (Whitireia)/Bachelor of Music (Performance), Victoria University/Master of Music: [Hons] (Composition), Auckland University.

Ete is the Head of Performing Arts at the Oceania Centre for Arts Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of Pacific, Suva FIJI

He was awarded the prestigious Creative New Zealand Senior Pacific Artist Award for his contribution to the promotion and performance of Pacific music in New Zealand and the Pacific in 2009.

With extensive conducting, composition, and teaching experience. Igelese was the New Zealand Choirmaster for Peter Jackson’s acclaimed film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, working with the Oscar award-winning composer Howard Shore and film director Sir Peter Jackson.

The first ‘Creative Fellow of Pacific Music’ at the SCAPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts), and was also the coordinator of the Bachelor of Pacific Performing Arts Degree at the University of Auckland from 2001 to 2004. In 2005 he was appointed Performance Director of Music at Vision College Christian School of Music in Hamilton New Zealand and in from 2006-2008 was the Senior Lecturer at USP. Prior to his position at USP he was the Lecturer & Convener of Pacific Music & Dance at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He is in demand as a vocal/choral clinician & composer throughout the world and was invited to present a paper on Pacific Choral Music at World Choral Symposiums in China, Japan and in South Korea. In 2010 he was contracted to be the Entertainment Manager at the World Expo in Shanghai, China at the Pacific Pavilion.

In Fiji he established the ‘Mana Choral Festival 2007 which unites secondary schools from specific regions, through choral songs/production with the vision to unite, empower and inspire the youth. This has spread out to Samoa, Solomon Islands, and now looking at Niue and Australia. 

Ete has been commissioned to compose & arrange musical works for numerous organizations and events around the world, including the International Festival of the Arts, Vodafone, Americas Cup, Christmas In The Park, Saatchi & Saatchi, University of Auckland, Christchurch Arts Festival, Yoido Full Gospel Church Orchestra and Mass Choir in South Korea, and the ‘Tribe’ TV series. Na Nai’a ‘Legends of the Dolphins’, Rugby World Cup 2011, Fiji Government, Fiji Rugby League.

For the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony 2011, Auckland NZ, Ete was selected to be Choirmaster/Pacific Composer, Advisor & Consultant for contracted by world leaders Global Event Productions from Olympics to World Expo. He also was involved in the scoring for a environmental film documentary ‘Na Nai’a – “The Legends of the Dolphins” involving high profile actors such as Whoopi Goldberg, Gerald Butler, Kate Winslett, Megan Fox which was premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

Disney Animation has being in discussions with him regarding his involvement in the music team for the up and coming first pacific animation called ‘Moana’ due for release November 2016, which will star Hollywood pacific island star Dwayne Johnson as one of the main character Demi-God Maui. And last year completed a very successful season of a new production called ‘My Story – The Journey’ in Brisbane, Australia aiming at inspiring the local pacific youth.

At the end of 2015 he was also headhunted by the Samoan government to be the Musical Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremony for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2015, Samoa - the very first to be held in the Pacific region, which received raving reviews.  He now prepares for a busy touring schedule, which includes Europe, America and the pacific, his latest projects is Film Composer for a short film based on a Samoan/Pacific historical piece called ‘Le Atali’i’ and also will be arranging for a musical in Copenhagen, Denmark based on the book by the same name ‘Pillars of the Earth’.    

Ete has a 17year old daughter named ‘Aria’ and 13 year old son ‘Naatapuitea’, and is very passionate about the Pacific creative and performing arts and its ability to inspire, empower, educate, and uplift the world.

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